February 2021

Romford paedophile convicted after downloading over 14,000 indecent images

A serial paedophile from Romford has been convicted after downloading more than 14,000 indecent images and videos of children being sexually abused.

Mark James Dale, 45, of Market Place, pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children at Barkingside Magistrates Court today. 

Dale was arrested after his laptop was linked to a known paedophile forum last July. 

The 45-year-old frequented pro-paedophile chat rooms such as ‘tweenfanisland’ and searched for abuse material online using TOR software. 

Investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA) seized a laptop and tablet and found 14,222 indecent images and videos of children which ranged from category A, showing the rape and torture of young children

When he was arrested, he told officers to take over his account, declaring “you know I’ve been on the dark web, close it down”. 

Dale was previously convicted in 2011 and 2019 for similar offences and was bound to strict rules under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. These included registering any digital devices with the Metropolitan Police Service. 

He will be sentenced for all charges on Monday, 15 February at Snaresbrook Crown Court.